Sunday, February 25, 2018

Brandon's Mission Adventures

This is Brandon's mom...
First of all I'm sorry for keeping everyone waiting for Brandon updates. The issue we are having is Brandon isn't giving us details or much information to pass on to you all. Brandon is doing well and feeling much better about communicating with the local's in Mexico. I have a bunch of pictures that I will post on here so you can at least see that he is doing well.
These pictures were takin in October.

These pictures were taken in November.

 Happy Birthday Elder's! These Elder's all had Birthday's in November.

December Pictures

December 19,2017 Christmas Talent Show

I will try to add more pictures tomorrow and a little more dialogue , but like I said, Brandon is a man of little words. Even the pictures he sends us have no explanation. I'm not really complaining because it could be worse and I'm just glad he's communicating with us.
All these pictures have come from The Mission President's blog/ photo gallery.

Thursday, October 5, 2017


One thing I've learned is that I am out here for the lord and through the lord and his atonement I can do all things.
We have been protected through all the natural disasters and are safe.
My MTC president talked to me about how he had heard that there's a fire in my bones and nothing is going to stop me. Spanish is still kicking my butt, but I am not giving up that easy. The first thing I want to do is go out and teach people.
I miss every one and wish you all a great day.


Hello,  I have  made it to the field and have a lot to tell you so I am writing you a letter and you will get it later love you and hope you are doing just fine.

 Brandon's Companion
 Mission President McArthur
 12 New Missionaries entering the Mission field

Sept. 25, 2017

The last two weeks were crazy. I got a black eye from playing basketball. I left my brand new freind and got a new companion. I live in a stone building with no room anywere. we walk every were and my feet are killing me.  The ward is tiny. Last week I only had a short time to email you but it has just been really crazy. I will send you pictures once I can get the cumputers here to work.

October 2, 2017

So this week has been crazy we have five people accepted to be baptized four with baptism dates and we went to four sessions of general conference. I was not able to listen to conference in English, but it was still great. I am learning Spanish really fast and feeling a little better about communicating with the people here.

Monday, September 11, 2017


My week has been very stressful. One of my teachers has another kid in my district tutoring me and it is very difficult. I really just want to go and hide in my bed all day but, I have to get up and try my best.

We had the best cordon blue I have had in my entire life. The food is okay, except every once in a while we’ll get something good.

(I had asked Brandon to give me more details about his Mission and the buildings that he's been in. This is what he sends me)
The building is a building. It has floors and walls and a ceiling. (What a response, lol)
My room is tiny, we have a hallway that leads out of the main hallway.

Monday, it rained so bad during the day that by night-time our cul-de-sac was flooded. Some of the Missionaries decided to go into the water, because it reached our house.
And No, Mom I'm not the messy one.

This is my old Zone Leader he left Monday to the Field.

He wanted to be taller then me in one of my pictures.
This is my Companion and yes, I am one of the tallest in my Mission.

My companion was being weird one day and made a family chart of our district and how we all relate to Elder Sly

One of the Sister's drew our whole district including our teachers.

I'm working hard and giving it my all.
Love, Brandon

Week 8-29-2017

 It brings me comfort to know that we all have these way we want things to go but sometimes it is harder then we think. These last couple weeks I have been pushed and tested. I felt coming into it that this was going to be a calm and easy time. I was going to be able to speak spanish and get out to the feild and help God's children with their problems. I realized that not everthing goes as planed and the Lord has a plan for every one and all we need to do is trust in him and when we feel like we can't do any more look back down that mountian of life and look at all you have accomplished, then look back up to the peak and keep going. The Lord only wants you to do your best he doesn't ask you to do more and he doesn't want you to do less, just your best he is there for all of us.

Spanish has been a bit more challenging than I expected. I have had some stressful moment's where I felt I wasn't progressing. I know that I'm slowly learning but it definitely isn't easy and I feel left out of conversations because I have no idea what is being said.
I have joined the choir to release the built up stress.

Right now I feel like there is this wall and on the other side is paradise, love, blessings. But, right now I feel like I have my right hand broken and bleeding but instead of giving up I lift my left hand and start punching. Because, I can't go over and I can't go around I have to go through. I know I can do anything as long as I keep pressing forward.

We were going to our district meeting after sacrament meeting. When we got to our classroom we noticed this big moth. Everyone started swatting it out of the room, when it finally flew out of the room it looked like bat.

Friday, August 25, 2017

I'm Back!
Well...the blog is back. I've decided to use the blog for updates on Brandon and his adventures as a Missionary. He's been out for 17 day's and all we have heard is how hard it is learning a new language and of coarse the need for cookies. I'll elaborate more when life slows down a bit on Sunday but until then enjoy the pictures!
Brandon with his Companion Elder Hendricks

Brandon's MTC District
Brandon with the MTC President

Brandon say's "I need all the prayers in the world" He is feeling like a fish out of water when it comes to Spanish. He has made a deal with the teacher that if he only speaks Spanish for the whole week the Teacher will allow Brandon to play an investigator. This kid makes me smile!

 Elder Hayward's address for a time is....

Carretera Tenayuca-Chalmita #828
Colonia Zona Escolar, Gustavo A. Madero
07230 Mexico, Distrito Federal

Thursday, November 18, 2010


As I was shopping today I noticed a Manager tell a Customer that they were not welcome back. They had stolen a shirt (they also put it on). The guy denied her allegation's. She told him that the camera's don't lie and that he was to stay out of her store.
The guy left and I started putting my stuff on the counter. I got all my coupons out and was ready to pay. I bought 7 hair products and 2 bags of chocolate. I handed her 7 coupons for the hair products, 2 coupons for the chocolate, $15 up rewards plus a $5/$25 coupon. She started ringing everything up and I started talking about how BRAINLESS this guy was. As she was scanning my coupons the 7th (hair)coupon beeped we counted the coupons and then counted the product everything seemed fine until we read the coupon and it clearly says $1/2 I felt embarrassed and wanted to hide. She was very nice and said that because the others scanned she would keep them I asked her to redo the transaction she said it was fine. I then said "It's Ironic that I was just talking about Brainless people" She let out a huge laugh.
I learned my lesson today. And I am sure I will keep learning this lesson from time to time after all I am only Human!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sweet 16!

16 Years of Pure Bliss!
Here are 16 facts about us.

1. We met on Monday Feb. 22nd 1993 @ Family Home Evening (Sam says we met on the 21st)(Long Story...made short...He had a Beard on the 21st...Clean shavin on the 22nd)

2. March 31st 1993 Our first "unofficial" date! I needed a ride to the Church Bookstore for my Talk the next Sunday and Sam offered to drive me there. We then stopped for Dinner and Talked allot!

3. April 4th 1993 He asked me out! And first Kiss (forehead)! This was during Conference...some people listen, sleep, or even cry during Conference. Sam kisses during Conference! (Don't worry we have too many kids in between us to be kissing during Conference now. )

4. April 15th 1993 He told me he loved me! I was shocked and in response asked him how he knew. He re-plied "I just know"

5. Sam Proposed August 11, 1993 I said "YES"

6. March 12, 1994 Married for Time and all Eternity @ 9:30 a.m. in the Idaho Falls Temple.

7. April 20th, 1995 our first child Tasha Hayward was born.
8. June 5th, 1996 Kyle joined our Family after Kyle was born a few days later I had complications and ended up in the emergency room in Pocatello. Sam drove down to be with us and take care of his family! (This is a long Story)
9. November 4th, 1997 Brandon Hayward was born.
10. December 1997 We purchased our Home.
11. 1999 Sam was in a terrible Car Accident. He suffered head trauma and has had severe headaches ever since. I was also pregnant with Cody and he was born October 1, 1999.

12. March 28th, 2002 Callie joined in on the fun.
13. July 12th, 2004 Andrew entered our life's and completed our Family.
14. We don't fight. (very often)
15. We go out every Weekend! Even if it's just for Ice Cream.

16. Everyday is like our first kiss! Unpredictable, sweet, lovely, and fulfilled!
Thank You for 16 Beautiful Years! And here's to Eternity.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Roller Skating

Last Friday the kids School had a Family Roller Skating Night. We had a blast!

They had races which all my boys participated.

Cody's Race

Brandon's Race

Andrew's Race...Roller Derby here we come!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Leaky Roof

Today as I was wasting a way at the Computer I heard a sploosh. I looked around but saw nothing and went back to Computer mode when Splat another sound I noticed a spot on my floor and realized that our roof was leaking. Ugh! Because of where the leak was I decided to go up Stairs and check for leakage... Nothing. I went a picked up Sam early from work and when we got home he quickly diagnosed the problem and drew me a picture because of my not understanding how we can have a leak in the middle of our front room and have no leak in our bed room.

So I thought his drawing was quit amazing I have to share it with all of you!

I sure hope the wind and rain stop long enough for us to at least do a temporary fix

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Girl Talk

Tuesday Morning Cody informed Callie that because Dad was working from Home, Andrew was staying home because he was sick and Cody was staying after School for Unicycling that She would get some girl talk with Mom. Callie was thrilled that's all they could talk about in the morning. So as School got out I was getting nervous....I didn't want to disappoint "girl talk" but I don't know how to talk girl talk. I mean what do you talk about? When your 7 to your friends? So when Callie got in the car I asked her if she was ready for some girl talk. She grinned so big and proceeded to let me know that in fact she was ready. So as we drive off, I ask Callie what are we supposed to talk about she said "girly stuff" I then gave her examples of things I thought were girly she would either smile and giggle or proceed to tell me I was off my rocker. I asked her if she liked any boys she said "yes" that she likes "The Jonas Brothers" I asked her if others at her school liked them as well she said, yes. I then told her one was married or getting married and she responded very seriously "their Real" I chuckled and said... of coarse they're real. I asked her another question (can't remember what the question was) and the response I got back was...Duh mom. I know 7 year olds think we know everything but we don't especially when it comes to the Jonas Brothers or kids in their class. We ended our girl talk with a nice Chocolate dipped cone from McDonalds. And let's just say I can't wait for our next girl talk date.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Old Spaghetti Factory

Celebrating 41 years!
Anniversary Dinners
Back by popular demand! Our guests enjoyed our 40th anniversary rollback events so much that we have decided to celebrate our 41st anniversary with
41% off our Pasta Classics on
January 12th & 13th!
Check out the Menu here.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Tasha's Recital

(Don't forget to stop my music)(Tasha at her Recital)

Tasha has been given many opportunities to share her voice this season.

She sang at the Festival of Nativities , sang a duet with Cody and myself for sacrament meeting,She sang in her School Chior, She also had a recital last Tuesday and has a song prepared for Sacrament meeting sometime in January.

Tasha loves to sing and I love it when she does!

Ward Christmas Party

(Turn off my music player, so you can hear them perform)

Last week we had our Ward Christmas Party

"Polar Express" Themed

We were all asked to come in our Pajamas and they fed us a scrumptious Breakfast Casserole! Yum!

It was such a fun evening they had some of the Children in the Ward play out parts of the Movie.

Cody and Regan sang a duet, which I must say turned out way cute.

Tasha was asked to sing Believe.

She amazes me with how her voice has and is blossoming. What a gift she has been given!

Monday, December 14, 2009

I'm having a House Party!

Fun, Fit and Guilt-Free House Party
sponsored by Your Shape and MOUSSE TEMPTATIONS by JELL-O

Saturday, January 09, 2010 7 p.m.

We will Sample Mousse Temptations and Try out the new Your Shape WII game.

There will be Goodies to handout plus Coupons.

If you would like to come leave a message and I will get in touch with you.